Chanted meditation prayers, or pujas, are an important component of training in a spiritual life. They help us to still our mind, connect with enlightened beings, and receive blessings.
All pujas are free and open to the public. No previous experience needed and you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend. Everyone is welcome!
Mahamudra Kadampa Meditation Center
500 6th St Hermosa Beach, CA
The heart practice of Kadampa Buddhism. Heart Jewel is a chanted prayer practice revealed by the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri and includes time for meditation. By engaging in the special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings, and attain a very special wisdom. By engaging in the special method for relying on the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions.
Mondays / Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm
This practice includes silent time for meditation on Lamrim—the stages of the path to enlightenment
Wishfulfilling Jewel puja is our weekly offering to the Buddhas. We make prayers and requests to the wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa along with a tsog offering (food) to the protector Buddha Dorje Shugden. If you wish, you can bring a vegetarian food offering.
Once a month on the 29th. Check calendar for time.
While a tsog offering has deep meaning, in general this means you can bring a small food offering. After the puja we’ll all gather to enjoy.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide (OSG) is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra. The main practice is relying upon the Spiritual Guide, but it also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path (Lamrim) and training the mind (Lojong), as well as both the generation and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra. This practice includes a tsog offering.
Offered on the 10th and 25th of each month. Please check calendar for time.
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Bring Mandala kit
Bring a food offering
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Through practicing transference of consciousness, known as ‘powa’ with faith, compassion and concentration we can transfer the consciousness of those recently deceased to a higher rebirth or to the Pure Land of a Buddha. The Powa Ceremony can be done either by a group of practitioners or individually on behalf of one or more deceased persons, or countless deceased beings. By engaging in this practice we also create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us into the pathway to a Buddha’s Pure Land.
Time: 45 mins.
At Kadampa Centers worldwide, the eighth of the month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha, whose name means “Rescuer.” She is the embodiment of swift compassion. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes. Everyone is welcome and invited to join us for Tara’s chanted prayer practice, Liberation from Sorrow
Held the 8th of the month. Please check calendar for time.
This monthly practice consists principally of extensive prayers to our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden. A Dharma Protector is an emanation of a Buddha or Bodhisattva whose main functions are to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from attaining spiritual realizations and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their practice. Dorje Shugden always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities. This practice includes a tsog offering.
This puja is occasionally held on the 29th of the month in place of Wishfulfilling Jewel.
Medicine Buddha is a Buddha Doctor whose function is to release living beings from outer and inner sickness by bestowing blessings upon them. By relying on Medicine Buddha sincerely, we can be cured of heavy physical and mental disease, find release from the internal pain of the three poisons—attachment, anger, and ignorance—and receive protection from many other dangers and obstacles.
“In general, prayers made by an assembly of many practitioners are very powerful and cannot be compared to the prayers of one or two people. The scriptures give the analogy of a broom. If we try to clean a floor with a few bristles we shall make little progress, but if we gather many bristles to make a broom we shall be successful.”
VENERABLE GESHE KELSANG GYATSO
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